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Perpetual Victim Scammed FEMA 30 Times

From a suddenly skeptical Associated Press:

Ga. man charged with flurry of false FEMA claims

By GREG BLUESTEIN (AP)

March 26, 2010

ATLANTA — Desima James would seem to be the unluckiest man in America.

In 2005 and 2006 alone, he suffered through three devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes, a tornado in Indiana and flooding in New Hampshire.

Or so he told the Federal Emergency Management Agency, authorities say.

James is charged with cheating the government out of more than $30,000 by filing over 30 fraudulent emergency-relief claims with FEMA — all while living in Atlanta.

He pleaded not guilty on Friday to the charges, which could land him in prison for more than 30 years.

Dozens of people have been accused of defrauding the government in the aftermath of storms such as Hurricane Katrina, which pummeled New Orleans in August 2005. And some of the swindlers stole far more money than James is accused of receiving. In one case, two women scammed FEMA out of more than $700,000…

James’ attorney, Anna Blitz, said it is too early to say how she plans to defend him

Authorities said James has been in and out of trouble with the law on various fraud and forgery charges and was already behind bars when he was indicted this time.

James really did live in a New Orleans apartment when Katrina struck, and filed a claim, but FEMA denied it because his place sustained very little damage, prosecutors said.

After the storm, though, he came to Atlanta and allegedly filed a new round of Katrina-related claims under phony addresses. Like a modern-day Job, he also reported he was a victim of Hurricane Rita in Beaumont, Texas, and claimed to have suffered through Hurricane Wilma in Florida; strong storms and flooding in New Hampshire; and a tornado and severe storms in Indiana, investigators said.

Isn’t this shocking?

Of course what is really shocking – or rather, simply appalling – is that our watchdog media never gave us stories like this under the benighted reign of President Bush.

Back then they couldn’t get enough of publishing victim stories that almost invariably turned out to be untrue.

Luckily, things like this will never happen under Obama-care.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, March 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Perpetual Victim Scammed FEMA 30 Times”

  1. pamypo says:

    He should be given the money, he has had a hard life, and voted for Obama. This is why some us continue to work and pay taxes.

  2. jobeth says:

    “jes pluckin’ da tree ripe for plunkin’ ”

    He must be so traumatized!

    This is sad…because when we were hit with 3 out of 4 hurricanes that hit central Florida, we sustained roof damage that didn’t show up for several months when water spots began to show up in various rooms.

    Of course, there is no way to prove it came from those storms so the insurance company doesn’t want to talk about it. And Fema? We won’t even go there. I lived through Hugo in Charleston and saw their handiwork . Besides…again, it was months later that we found the damage.

    But strange as it may seem…WE paid for that roof out of our OWN pockets!

    I know…I know….that makes us self reliant but hey…we can’t all be proud victims like Mr James.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I’m sorry, I just can’t stop laughing. This guy is classic!

    And for his trouble got all of 30 grand? In the amount of time it took him to scam all that he could’ve had a real job somewhere and over the same course of time probably have made twice that much.

    Oh, this is too rich. What a sterling example of “stupid on steroids”. The effort alone to get all this accomplished…how to BS his way through it all. He has a career in the O-hole’s administration, True dat!

    • jobeth says:

      ” In the amount of time it took him to scam all that he could’ve had a real job somewhere and over the same course of time probably have made twice that much. ”

      But then he wouldn’t have the adrenaline rush of avoiding the law! lol

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yes, well, as long as he has high self-esteem. That’s what really matters.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Everyday is hope for optimism.

    $30,000 scam = 30 years in the slamma

    $2.5 trillion+ scam = ???

    • proreason says:

      30 days is more likely for this miscreant…..or more likely, parole.

      As for the $2.5 T scam….80 to 100 corruptocrats will be looking for new shell games in November.

  5. proreason says:

    mrs. proreason wonders why so many people without a job seem to have so much money to spend.

    She says the stores have been filled with people she assumes are Obamy voters since the election. And they seem to be able to do a lot of shopping during normal work hours.

    I don’t know. I rarely shop for anything except food.

    But it does seem that having a job doesn’t seem to be as important as it once was.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Yeah, Huffington’s main headline yesterday was about the grand and dismal failure of Obama’s Mortgage Relief scam (surprise, surprise because the bulk of mortgages are totally unsalvageable); and now their new plan is to order banks to reduce the amount owed by underwater borrowers.

      Anyway, Bahney Fwankths left this gem at the end of the article which might give some insight to Mrs. Proreason’s question:

      “I welcome the most recent steps by the Administration to help deal with the foreclosure crisis. It must be emphasized that this is important not just for those who are themselves facing foreclosure, but for the broader economy because this wave of foreclosures has had a general negative effect. I was particularly pleased that the administration has adopted the proposal that many of us have been advocating to provide help to the unemployed. While clearly there are some people in trouble on their mortgages who bear some of the responsibility for their plight, this is not true of the unemployed who are fully deserving of this help.

      It’s starting to sound alot like election time and hells bells we’ve got a fledgling “economic recovery” that we have to keep the American people believing is real. I guess it’s time for those Obalmy bucks to start a’ comin’ out – it’ll be just like Christmas! Free health care, free house, and 2 years of unemployment! Just vote (D) in November.

  6. misanthropicus says:

    Shame on S&L! Shame, shame, shame! How do you dare to criticize this outstanding, selfless community activist for his righteous acts of re-empowermen himself and so many other vistims of oppression?
    What’s next? Calling mister Barry Soetero a charlatan?
    O tempora! O mores!
    No wonder this nation is in free fall-

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Dozens of people have been accused of defrauding the government in the aftermath of storms such as Hurricane Katrina, which pummeled New Orleans in August 2005. And some of the swindlers stole far more money than James is accused of receiving. In one case, two women scammed FEMA out of more than $700,000…

    Dozens? Really? Dozens?

    I think of “dozens” without even half-thinking. And right at the top of the list is NAGIN. Then there’s JACKSON and SHARPTON…

    Then, pretty much most of the NOPD.

    However, I am surprised to read that they are reporting such activity at all. And only 5 years later. Right on top of things, they are.


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